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02/11 - Judo Vittorio Veneto

 
The Maltese Judo Squad participated at the Judo Vittorio Veneto - 23rd International Tournament on the 19th and the 20th of February. The squad was made of:
Jeremy Saywell - 66 kgs (Junior) - BRONZE MEDAL
           Jeremy started off on the right track, eliminating SCHIOCCHET  Mirco (Vittorio Veneto ITA [placed 4th overall]) who was playing on home soil, by Ippon. He then met MAIETTA Marco (ASD Kimochi Libertas ITA [placed 3rd overall]), and although Jeremy spent most of the time winning, Maiestta managed to win against our SAYWELL. MAIETTA then continued winning his fights till the final, where he placed 2nd after he lost to PIRAS Matteo, 5th at the Cadet European Championships 2009. As MAIETTA continued his fights past quarter final, Jeremy had his last opportunity to fight for the the bronze medal, which was still a long way to go. He first eliminated REBOLDI Nicola (Ass. Judo Libertas Gussago ITA) by Ippon, then BRAULIN Luca (Societ.Ginn.Trietina ITA [placed 7th overall], 5th at the Cadet European Championships 2008, with an Ippon. The next contest was against LOPES Matteo (Asd Kenshiro Abbe Prato), 3rd at the International Tournament Di Citta del Palio U20 2010. The final contest for the bronze medal was against CICI Silvio (JC Castelfranco Veneto ITA), who had just lost the semi-final against the winner PIRAS. CICI attacked with an uchi-mata, however our Jeremy managed to twist and won the match with an Ippon, winning the BRONZE Medal.
 
Joanna Camilleri - 63 kgs - 5th Place
        Joanna started off strong, eliminating PETTERLE Michela (Kodokan Judo Vittorio Veneto [placed 8th overall]), vice-champion of the Vittorio Veneto Tournament in 2009, and 5th at the Coppa Italia in November last year, with her strong strangles. Joanna won her next contest with Ippon against SANTI Silvia  (Asd Jigoro Kano Judo C Vicenza). Her semi-final match was against PAGNESSI Flavia (Centro Sportivo Esercito), 3rd at the EYOD 1997, and in the last decade, once 1st, 4 times 2nd and twice 3rd at the Italian National Championships, and this year's vice-champion at this tournament. Joanna lost her contest against PAGNESSI in the last 30 seconds witha choke. Joanna then played her final match for the bronze medal fight against FONSA Federica (AS Judo Yawara ITA), 3 times on the podium in the last 3 Italian National Championships under 20 and under 23. The contest was a very well balanced one, and after the 5 minutes of contest time, they went into another 3 minutes of golden score. Few seconds from the end of the golden score, Joanna attacked and FONSA countered Joanna for a score, and thus Joanna placed 5th.
 
Brent Law - 60 kgs
            Brent started off well, eliminating FRANCESCONI Enrico (Judo Club Kodokan Mandolfo ITA). However, it wasn't Bren't day, as he lost his next contest with ROSI Luca (Sgb 'Forza e Costanza' ITA), who in turn lost to TICCA Davide, who placed 3rd. As ROSI did not make it to the quarter final, Brent did have the opportunity to fight for the bronze medal.
 
James Falzon - 66 kgs
               James won his first 2 fights: against CALMATUI Stan (Asd Arti Marziali Novellara ITA) and then against MOUHSSIN Othm (Marocco). He then lost his next contest with PENZO Cavaldo (Asd Judo Mestre), who in turn lost his fight before the quarter finals, thus not giving the opportunity to our James to continue in the repechage for the bronze medal.
 
They were accompanied by Marcon Bezzina.
 
 
Francesco Aufieri, accompanied by Vito Aufieri, also competed at this event in the Esordienti B category. He as well started off well, when he won his first contest. He then lost his second fight, but his opponent qualified him for repechage. However he lost his first repechage fight, thus placed 7th.
 
Further information about the tournament can be found on: www.judovittorioveneto.net.
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Louisa Agius Galea,
21 Feb 2011, 08:47
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Louisa Agius Galea,
21 Feb 2011, 09:31
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Louisa Agius Galea,
21 Feb 2011, 09:31
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Louisa Agius Galea,
21 Feb 2011, 08:41
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